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Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,937 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1937
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%


Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a top English old ale, even a Belgian, good aroma. Smooth, malted and some dark fruit mouthfeel and drinkable, but without the spice and good taste I would expect from the UK or Belgian ales. Nice, but not one I would seek out again. Alcohol hammer and drying finish.
4.5 years later, a vintage 2006 is brought out by Jonah. Looks lik a cask ale, with the small amount of light brown bubbles. The best part us the aroma of spices. The taste, malty, some chocolate, even cloying sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 03:51:18 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 79.

Pours a dark copper brown with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a tiny cap. Carbonation bubbles rush toward the bottom of the glass before rising to the top again after the pour. Good thin rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked dark malts, chocolate covered chipotle peppers, and band aids. Very interesting and unusual smells for a beer. Taste is of smoked chipotle peppers, dark malts, band aids, and an earthy cocoa bean flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty flat with a thickness that makes this beer somewhat hard to drink. Overall, this is one of the most interesting and eccentric beers I have ever tried. With that being said I am not too sure I would revisit this one very often. A little too much for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 02:31:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 66. Murky black walnut with no hint of lightening at the edges. The upper portion of the snifter is filled with coffee mousse colored foam that is creamy and supremely silky. It melts in fantastic fashion and leaves an abundance of lattice-like lace on the glass. Adam looks great!

The nose is akin to a huge Baltic porter or a barleywine chock full of roasted malt. Since old ale is such a broad style, it works as well. Each sniff delivers loads of black malt, dark fruit macerated in dark rum, anise seed... and all manner of other things that should be more identifiable on the palate.

Adam is unlike any beer that has ever entered my glass. It's similar to an Imperial stout, but is much deeper and more multi-faceted. I'm reminded of an RIS brewed by a world class Belgian brasserie. It's delicious right now and should be even more compulsively drinkable as it continues to warm.

Another comparison that keeps coming to mind is an American barleywine with more black and roasted malt than any American barleywine on the planet. Could the yeast strain be responsible for the mindblowing flavors that greet each sip, or have the brewers added some secret ingredient?

The flavor profile includes the finest quality bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, black currants and figs soaked in Jamaican dark rum, coffee bean-flecked plum pudding and black licorice. In addition, my taste buds register a lingering smokiness that puts a rauchbier-like finale on the whole shootin' match. This stuff is amazing!

Although I was unable to determine the bottling date for this batch, it has to be at least a few years old. That was time enough, apparently, for the flavors to meld completely and for the alcohol to soften into velvety smoothness. It still contributes a minor tongue numbing and a great deal of belly warming.

A louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking (and a bit too much fizziness in the upper portion of the bottle) had me concerned. All is fine now, though. The beer is medium-full, with a chewiness and a mouthcoating that is immensely enjoyable. A fraction more heft and a 25% reduction in carbonation would have garnered the next highest score with ease. Note: it finally gets there in the end.

I was going to say that Adam is my favorite HOTD beer when I glanced at my reviews for the others. Fred, Rose Cassis and Blue Dot Imperial IPA scored almost this high. These guys should be commended for pushing the boundaries of what constitutes outstanding craft beer and for delivering incredibly delicious, infinitely cellarable ale much more often that not. Do yourself a favor and buy Adam by the case whenever you run across it. I know I will.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 15:57:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, that is about all I can say about this one. This was one of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Lets just start from the top. Poured a very deep dark brown with a big three finger plus head of tan lace and just a really full overall look. This was really nice looking with tons of residual side glass lace and a sticky foam top that would not quit. The aroma was wonderful, full of sweet smells of caramel, sugar, chocolate and nuts, with a nice hop essence in the back. I am not sure what the style of this is, but the flavor was robust and full. Very nutty with a decidedly caramelesque sugar to it and a really great fresh, and dry hop like finish. There were hints of chocolate and coffee throughout, but not enough to make it rely totally on those. Such a very full bodied feel, very creamy and rich. This was a magnificent bottle and one that I was really glad I got to try. It really was different than almost anything I had had before and I look forward to one day getting another to compare. And for reference this was batch number 68, and it was fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:23:37 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose offers up notes of toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is also a bit of tart, dark fruits such as cherries, grapes, and raisins.

T: The flavor chocolate is more pronounced than the nose with plenty of brown sugar for sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: The body is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel.

D: Old Ales are quickly becoming a new favorite style of mine. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer and I'm pleased to have ready access to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 06:35:39 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a billowing tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. I was very careful with my first pour according to the bottle's instructions and got very little head; as I lifted the bottle into the air for a second pour, the head virtually exploded

Smell: Dried dark fruit, tobacco, peat, licorice and a bit of fruity hops; smells almost like red wine

Taste: Swirling this through my mouth I picked up a variety of rather sweet and pungent dark fruit and chocolate flavors on the front end along with a touch of raspberry; after the swallow, some bitter chocolate, licorice, tobacco and coffee flavors kick in and linger well into the finish where they are joined by the smoky peat flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied with prickly carbonation; very smooth on the tongue

Drinkability: This is a spectacular Old Ale that is well worth the effort it took to seek out here in NC

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 21:49:49 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a super huge foamy head (so much foam coming out of the bottle that I thought the beer was infected) with good retention. Aroma of chocolate and tobacco is interesting and different. Taste is mix between some chocolate malt with some tar, tobacco and probably some smoke. Taste is very complex with quite of few layer appearing as the beer warms up. Carbonation was slightly below average with no alcohol being discernable. I will definitely try to pick-up some more bottles as I would like to age a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 18:36:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam is a fantastic showcase of rustic brews with large emphasis on brown malts in a backdrop of lighly smoked grains.

Deep brown hues and showing high viscocity, the beer pours with a volumptuous creaminess. A solid tan head rises quickly and expansive before settling into a thick blanket across the glass. Light on lacing, I expected more but tha alcohols prefer legging to lacing.

Rich Barleyine aromas of dense English malts, stone fruits, and bold rum-like alcohols. Brown malts give light chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and a modest campfire note. All make for an exquisite experience to the nose.

Heavy malts continue throughout the flavor. Syrup sweetness and sweet breads set the matly tone while fruits of prunes, raisons, red grapes, figs, nuts, cherries, and berries share the stage with sherry or rum alcohols, making an impression of fruitcake. Chocolates, coffee, and smoke rise going into the finish and leads to something Porter-ish.

Very full and rich to the mouth with high bitterness (which interferes with the succulent sweetness a bit too much and nearly causes a bitey or grassy finish). Alcohols are high and reaches fusal territory on various sips. At times I think I admire the power but at others, I think is too aggressive.

The beer shares a lot of what's best about English Barleyines and American Porters. While I would back off of the hops a bit and I think that the beer is too hot for a 10%er, I also think that the innovation and attention to history makes this beer a most admirable treat.

Thanks slayer3406!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 03:36:21 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a snifter. The initial pour is quite dark. A nice deepened shade of mahogany with a thin tan head and not too much lacing. Maybe a few legs here and there when held up to the light. The nose is very complex with some roast, tobacco, smoke, dark fruits, a bit of booze, and some nice malt.

The taste is not quite as complex and leans a bit too heavily on the tobacco and earth notes, but it's still quite nice. Really good flavors accompanying what was found in the nose plus a bit of brown sugar and dark molasses. Nice feel with a bit of booze. Good body and carbonation. The drinkability is affected by the fact that I think there's a bit too much tobacco character, but overall this is a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:38:35 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a small tan head that faded to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the bubbles rising near the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolates and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very rich, complex and malty. It starts with some initial sweetness and transitions over to a mild bitterness, containing flavors of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and smoke along with some hints of leather. The alcohol is well masked and doesn't detract from the overall taste.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is definitely some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is very filling (almost a meal in itself) and a good one to sip given its high alcohol content and complex flavors. There's no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting but this will certainly be a beer that I will try again, perhaps on a cold winter night.

Note: Batch #77

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 14:48:12 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 01:32:34 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a very deep, dark maple, with a bit of light tan head that laces fairly nicely. The smell has a good deal of sweetness, made up of brown sugar, molasses, powdered sugar, figs; on top of that is a general booziness and a decided undercurrent of oily leather, almost a WD-40 scent. Though that may sound at least a bit off-putting, they all combine to create an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is ostensibly bitter, in terms of hops, herbs (something akin to wormwood), and leather. There are also hints of anise and raisins. The body sits a bit heavily on the tongue, and the alcohol is not exactly subtle, making this brew more ripe for sipping than straight drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 05:12:01 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #53. Hazy, but surprisingly clear for this beer, with a very deep mahogany color and burgundy highlights. The head needed to be coaxed but came up tight, thin and tan (like Guinness) - and held well through most of the glass, eventually receeding to a collar but also leaving a bit of Belgian-lace. The aroma is complex: fruit (berry, cherry, raisins), smoke, dark malts, a hint of sherry and some slight hop in order of intensity. A gentle, natural carbonation combines with a medium-full body to give an astoundingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor delivers more than the aroma suggests with bold, complex fruit flavors of grape, raisin, raspberries, and cherries up front, leading into notes of dark chocolate, light espresso, licorice and sherry. It finishes with a solid smokiness and roasted quality, and a display of alcohol and hop bitterness. The dry aftertaste is also complex, with some light rye-like spiciness and earthy and woody notes. The alcohol is warming but not agressive in the taste or aroma.
An excellent beer although Batch #53 seems to need to age a little bit. It's nowhere near as round and supple as it can get.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 18:37:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch number 82, from a random grocery store stop whilst in Portland earlier this year.

This beer pours a very dark, opaque brown colour, with caramel highlights, and a towering column of thick, creamy, and obviously foamy beige head, topped with a nice sundae swirl, which all settles at pace, but it's got a long way to go. Along the way, however, is revealed some nicely consistent honeycombed lace around the glass. It smells of sweet toffee malt, semisweet chocolate, fig and plum, bitter grassy, piney hops, and a slight booze nasal ruffling. The taste is sweet malt, more cocoa-dominated at this point, with a lessened caramel stripe, muddled spiced-rum blottoed black fruit, and tasty all the same for its balancing effect, a bit of ethereal dusty musty tobacco leaf, and mild green, somewhat citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body full, smooth, and kind of creamy. It finishes on a gentle teeter-totter of laid-back fruity chocolate and woody citrus hops.

Oh my Jebus - wow. What...an...old ale! All the multifaceted characteristics just work so well together - sweetness, fruit, dust, florals, dryness. And with barely a lick of alcohol warming, this is one pleasing devil in disguise.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:31:28 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I review this beer, like I do all others, without checking the classifications or other reviews, and am subsequently bewildered by what the heck this is supposed to be! It's utterly unique, and in a class of it's own.
Color is a dark mahogany, with a full, thick, sturdy, creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy, and sweet. Palate? Unparalleled!!! Marvelous, magnificent, with layers upon layers of malt. Hops give a cameo, not much screen time at all. So strong, so full of flavors, it's hard to know where to begin! Where, oh, where to start, where, oh, where to stop? A toffeeish flavor comes through on the palate, but before long everything is overtaken by smoke! Loads and loads of malt, rich and warming, earthy, chocolatey flavors peek through, but the notes of smoke and tobacco become dominant. Profound. Rich,and thick, and continually smokey, though the main flavor is a suggestion of being encased inside a nut. This is a true American classic.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 00:48:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Adam (Nanoslug) - it looked like it leaked a little in transit so I popped it right away. Batch #55, so it was bottled in August 2002! Served in a snifter only slightly chilled.

A - 1.5 fingers of dark tan/cappuccino foam with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing - it eventually dissipates to a solid cap. The brew is a dark, dark, brown with no light peaking through at the edges - almost black here. For a 7-year old 10% Old Ale this is really quite terrific looking.

S - There's some serious booze here, but it surrounded by dark fruits, raisins, molasses, leather, and maybe a hint of licorice. It's very rummy, with huge sugar and booze components, and is slightly unbalanced towards the alcohol content (even after 7 years!). I can see the batches from the late 90s drinking quite well right now.

T - The taste has a huge tobacco flavor that is only hinted at in the aroma, and it is accompanied by leather, smoked meat, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The alcohol is thankfully less present in the taste. The aftertaste is heavy in smoked flavors, with almost a peaty note that lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. I'm thankful I didn't get flat or overcarbonated brews that my buddy Dave perpetually gets stuck with. There's a slight warming, but otherwise this element of the brew is pretty standard.

D - Delicious, but hurt by the overt booziness. I shared a 12oz bottle with a buddy and probably would have been OK with drinking the entire bottle myself - however I think any more would be too much of this treat. Definitely a sipper, and a good one to share with dessert.

I'd love to get my hands on some of the earliest batches to see if/how it has mellowed.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 17:48:37 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73, acquired from Imstillthegman courtesy of the BA Vets, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, caramel and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The sweet flavors return for the finish leaving a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger beer to sip on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:31:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 65, 2006 vintage.

Into a bulb shaped snifter, it pours reddish brown, nearly black in the glass. When backlit, it's a beautiful garnet ruby shade. A finger of khaki tan foam rests in the surface, dissolving into a cluster of larger bubbles that cling to one side. Spotty lace.

Aroma of chocolate and lavender floral elements... odd. Definite oxidation, the first whiff from the bottle was almost doughy, but that passed quickly. As it warms there's a spiced fruitcake element.

Bitter bakers chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, walnut. Extremely savory, somewhat sweet, but not cloying. A slight stickiness on the lips precedes a lush, velvety mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just perfect for an Old Ale. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's certainly a solitary sipper. An appropriate post-blizzard warmer for 10º weather outside.

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:38:14 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers to ya, Joe!

Batch#69 pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Superior lacing , bubbles still rising from the bottom at the end, & great head retention as well

S: Oakyness, dark fruit, leafy hops, really big depth in the nose here! Faded a bit at the end

T: Raisins, oaky smokeyness, puckery leather, dates & burnt caramel up front, plus booze warmth. Hints of vanilla mingle in along with tobacco-like hops, figs as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, prunes, leather & Christmas pudding notes & dryness, fantastic

MF: Syruppy, with a trace of carbonation, pretty rich

Drinks like a 10% abv, old ale, nice, but lethal! Taking the chill off this cold November evening nicely!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:32:33 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite/tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is near perfect! It has a warm, roasted malt scent that screams of figs and charred caramel malts. It's rich and fruity. The taste is good. It has a rich, roasted and smoke malt flavor. I'm sure the smoke comes from extended boiling and caramelized sugar. Whatever, It's amazing. It goes down smooth and finishes warm with some subtle chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a real treat. It's one of the best old ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:25:54 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is dark brown and clear with a big head and lots of lacing.

Aroma is bourbon and figs with other stone fruits, smells sweet and good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet. Mild booze on the front end. Pretty smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. A little dry, there's a tobacco like flavor in there as well. It's complex and good, a great old ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:16:03 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with no head, but a few tan bubbles. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, smoke and some soy sauce. The flavor is smoke, burnt malt, chocolate, roasted malt and soy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:53:18 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Into the snifter it is a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. As you drink the beer it almost has legs like a good red wine.

S - Very pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits - plum, raisin, and figs. Also, some caramelized sugar notes.

T - Delicious blend of plum, raisin and fig (maybe a touch of cherry). It has sweet malty caramel in the background with next to no hop bitterness.

M - A medium bodied beer that has a warming alcohol heat and is silky smooth as it goes down.

D - This is a fantastic old ale. It manages to be sweet and malty without over doing it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:04:32 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another HotD to cross off the list thanks to mikereaser.

A: Big frothy 2 finger head develops on the pour into my snifter glass. It fades pretty slowly with light lacing over the very dark murky brown with very light dark reddish hues around the edges.

N: Some nice aroma blends, with some dark malts, crystal malts, caramel, a little roast, porter like aromas, a slight strong ale aroma, touch of earthy aromas, touch of warming booze, and that definitive "old ale" aged strong ale aroma that really gives you that feel of drinking an old ale. Imo, it isn't an old ale unless it has that nice aroma to it. It also has a slight sweetness and almost nougat candi-bar like effect.

T: Starts pretty sweet, perhaps just a little too sweet. THen lots of malts, roasted malts, caramel, chewy malts. A little earthy spicy hop flavor even. Some dark fruits like fig with a slight brown sugar and molasses flavor. The booze is a little spicy and warming, definitely there. Again that aged strong ale flavor, that gives this a definitive old ale flavor, but it's less pronounced than the aroma was. Also more fluffy almost nougat style candi-bar effect.

M: Semi thick and smooth, with good carbonation, more than I expected actually (perhaps the bottle conditioning helped). Lots of warming and tingly booze though.

F: Still somewhat sweet, a little dry as well. More tingly spicy and warming booze on the tongue, almost anesthetized. A slight sticky sweetness, with lingering brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and chewy nougat still. A slight roasted malt and porter on the finish too, as well as a slight earthy bitterness.

Perhaps a little too sweet and too much alcohol heat, but otherwise a really tasty beer. THey did a great job with this one, maybe my favorite HotD yet, as far as I can remember that is.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 00:58:15 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1998 Vintage, Sampled on tap at The Stuffed Sandwich February 2007
The aroma has notes of fermented prunes, spicy piquant notes, smoke, meaty malt character and a phenolic almost plastic like note that is light but perhaps tied up in the smoky aromatics. Somehow I want to describe the aroma as a cross between cherries and beef jerky. The taste is still lightly sweet after all these years. The finish has a nice, smoky pet character to it that even evokes a salty sensation upon the palate. The chewy malt character seems to have lost some body over the years. Actually the smoky peat notes seems to have picked up over the years as the malt backbone has mellowed. This is definitely my favorite of the three 1998 vintage brews. This has aged quite fantastically and is a great argument for sticking a bunch of these in the cellar for long term aging.

Serving type: bottle

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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